Thursday, July 10, 2008

Today's Geometric Class

Today was the day we tried our hand at a ruler free geometric pillow/ runner/ rug .
This project was featured in A Needle Pulling Thread two summers ago.

There were some grunts of disbelief and tales of husbands shaking heads but it was delightful to see the dawn of the "AHA " moment.I have one sweet lady who has been coming to me each week during the summer months since I was a baby teacher, she didn't think she could do it but she drew it up so quick and slick.

One tool we found to be particularly useful was a soft artist pencil. We use an 8B, this pencil makes a great dark line. So often the pencils we draw lines with are so hard they barely leave an a trail behind them. It was important we could see our lines until we decided what we wanted to emphasize. You need to look for these in an art supply place online or in person.

We were using nylons and it is often surprising to see how the different weights affect the width of the strip, you might cut 1 inch of one weight and one inch of another and have a number three and a number five or six equivalent strip depending on the stretch of the knit.

If I had been a more thoughtful person I would have taken pictures for you to see, I apologize, but I will post progress photos they come in during the following months. Sometimes there is just not enough of me to go around. The variants on the theme are lovely and astounding, each one truly individual.

That brings me to a question Jo asked me about posting more pictures of me doing dyeing and doing demos.
My main problem with that Jo is I'm by myself most of the time while I'm doing these things so it makes it difficult to document it in pictures but I hear you and will try to get an attendant to follow my moves.

Due to a busy traveling year I have neglected my own creative work and am getting onto my two remaining duties tomorrow so I am free for the following 6 weeks for my own projects. I keenly miss making stuff and following through with my ideas and personal challenges.
I hope you can find some time during the busy summer months for yourself.


  1. Thank you most sincerely for ALL of your efforts. If you are able to get photos, don't leave out your face....most important. Jo

  2. Hi, Wanda.

    I was thinking about dying the other day and decided to google you and was so happy to find your site and your blog. I was one of the early members of the Welcome Mat. I didn't renew my membership when I found myself spending less and less time on rug hooking and more on knitting. I'm still knitting mostly, with a little hooking for gifts or special occasions. It will be fun to keep up with your activities through your blog.

    Melissa in El Cajon, CA

  3. Here's hoping time has allowed
    for YOUR OWN creative work. Life is short, we can wait....but fulfillment for your soul cannot. Jo

  4. Good Morning Wanda,

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful tips for dyeing. Due to your generosity with sharing your talent I choose your blog for an award. Your web site has been featured on my blog. You can take a peek by visiting my blog.

    JoEllen of BeFRuiTFuL KReaTioNS